# Seminars & Colloquia Calendar

## Applying Representation Theory to Random Walks

#### Angela Hicks, Lehigh University

Location: ** Hill 705**

Date & time: Thursday, 18 October 2018 at 5:00PM - 5:48PM

*Abstract:* We'll talk about how representation theory can be used to determine fundamental questions about the rate of convergence of random walks on groups, and how the approach benefits from computer experimentation of eigenvalues of certain matrices. We'll also discuss some of the difficulties in this approach, here focusing on joint work with Daniel Bump, Persi Diaconis, Laurent Miclo, and Harold Widom studying a simple random walk on the the Heisenberg group mod p (a particularly simple to describe noncommutative group). Analysis of a random walk on the group dates back to Zach, who was considering the effectiveness of certain random number generators. We'll assume a bit of basic (undergraduate) group theory and probability, but otherwise aim for an elementary talk.

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Jeffry Kahn, Bhargav Narayanan, Jinyoung Park Organizer's webpage

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Paul Feehan, Daniel Ketover, Natasa Sesum Organizer's webpage

Lev Borisov, Emanuel Diaconescu, Angela Gibney, Nicolas Tarasca, and Chris Woodward Organizer's webpage

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Brian Pinsky, Rashmika Goswami website

Quentin Dubroff Organizer's webpage

James Holland; Organizer website

Edna Jones Organizer's webpage

Brooke Ogrodnik website

Yanyan Li, Zheng-Chao Han, Jian Song, Natasa Sesum Organizer's Webpage

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Simon Thomas website

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Joel Lebowitz, Michael Kiessling

Yanyan Li, Haim Brezis Organizer's Webpage

Stephen D. Miller, John C. Miller, Alex V. Kontorovich, Alex Walker seminar website

Stephen D. Miller

Brooke Ogrodnik, Website

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